"I'd been at the Clay County Search and Rescue Office (525 East National Avenue, Brazil) all day when we were dispatched to an accident on Interstate 70 at 7:59 p.m.," Brandon Sciotto told The Brazil Times Monday before going to pick up a rental car. "We were disregarded at 8:07 p.m., and by the time we got back to the office my car was gone. I bought that car a couple of months ago, and although it wasn't new, it was new to me. They took it off the street along United States 40 in broad daylight."
Sciotto isn't the first emergency responder in the area to be robbed while volunteering time to help someone else. He said he knew of others who have reported vehicles riffled through, tires slashed and had their equipment stolen while they were on emergency runs.
"I've not slept much because there is so much in my head right now," Sciotto said. "My medications were in the car, along with my books for paramedic class and my golf clubs."
Sciotto said that each time he remembers something else that was inside his car and realizes it is now gone, it adds salt to the injury.
"I'm going on vacation soon and I really wanted to go golfing," he said. "Experiencing something like this just wears you out."
Local residents, who might spot Sciotto's missing 2003 burgundy Ford Taurus, license plate number NX 9410, can contact the Brazil City Police Department at 446-2211 with the details.
"What upsets me most is that I went to help someone and had my car stolen for my effort," Sciotto said, adding that he's trying to keep his spirits up but it's difficult to do after having his trust violated. "It's really hard. It's like Ron White says in his comedy act, 'This is a whole new level of anger.'"